Psychiatrists in Farley, IA

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A Beautiful Mind
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Farley, IA 52046  (Online Only)
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a board certification in Psychiatric Mental Health, I am proud to be the founder of A Beautiful Mind, INC. I am pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) while completing a functional psychiatry fellowship. My approach to care extends beyond traditional Western psychiatry. I focus on the root causes of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, and more.
As an Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner with a board certification in Psychiatric Mental Health, I am proud to be the founder of A Beautiful Mind, INC. I am pursuing my Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) while completing a functional psychiatry fellowship. My approach to care extends beyond traditional Western psychiatry. I focus on the root causes of mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, PTSD, OCD, ADHD, Bipolar, and more.
(563) 204-8275 View (563) 204-8275

Online Psychiatrists

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Tami Hill
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701
Accepting new clients. Tami works with individuals ages 14 to 64. It is important to her to help break the stigma around mental health in general. She is a compassionate and down to earth individual, giving her a natural ability to form and build relationships with others.
Accepting new clients. Tami works with individuals ages 14 to 64. It is important to her to help break the stigma around mental health in general. She is a compassionate and down to earth individual, giving her a natural ability to form and build relationships with others.
(319) 220-3673 View (319) 220-3673
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Mimi LaCouture
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
6 Endorsed
Davenport, IA 52803
I'm just like you. At one time, I needed help getting through my days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are brighter than others. Every day has opportunities minute to minute, and any one moment can be life changing. Come, let's meet the moment that can change everything.
I'm just like you. At one time, I needed help getting through my days. Some days are harder than others. Some days are brighter than others. Every day has opportunities minute to minute, and any one moment can be life changing. Come, let's meet the moment that can change everything.
(563) 794-4928 View (563) 794-4928
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Abby Burns-Owens
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402
I can see ages 6 years old and up. I work with all populations including children and adolescents, adults, older adults, and LGBTQ+.
I can see ages 6 years old and up. I work with all populations including children and adolescents, adults, older adults, and LGBTQ+.
(319) 463-3344 View (319) 463-3344
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Amber Arthurs
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240
Amber is focused on developing a partnership with her clients by providing patient-centered care. She believes it is important to take the time to listen to her clients’ concerns and health goals to develop an optimal treatment plan. Amber’s style of practice includes traditional medicine, as well as natural treatments including but not limited to: vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise, and stress management
Amber is focused on developing a partnership with her clients by providing patient-centered care. She believes it is important to take the time to listen to her clients’ concerns and health goals to develop an optimal treatment plan. Amber’s style of practice includes traditional medicine, as well as natural treatments including but not limited to: vitamins, supplements, lifestyle modification, nutrition, exercise, and stress management
(319) 469-8623 x16 View (319) 469-8623 x16
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Kristina (Krissy) Gates
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, DNP, PMHNP, ARNP
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Hiawatha, IA 52233
Krissy’s areas of specialty include working with ages 5+, LGBTQ+ community, crisis management, substance abuse (Medication Assisted Treatment-30client limit), ADHD, PTSD, mood, anxiety, and schizophrenia disorders.
Krissy’s areas of specialty include working with ages 5+, LGBTQ+ community, crisis management, substance abuse (Medication Assisted Treatment-30client limit), ADHD, PTSD, mood, anxiety, and schizophrenia disorders.
(319) 408-8455 View (319) 408-8455
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Neelam Thomas
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50701
Neelam is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified in children, adolescent, and adult populations. Her goal is to partner with her patients for the best mental wellness outcome. Neelam has a wide range of experience including acute and crisis inpatient care. Her credentials include a BSN and MSN in Nursing at Allen College and a BSN in Psychology at Iowa State University.
Neelam is a psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner board certified in children, adolescent, and adult populations. Her goal is to partner with her patients for the best mental wellness outcome. Neelam has a wide range of experience including acute and crisis inpatient care. Her credentials include a BSN and MSN in Nursing at Allen College and a BSN in Psychology at Iowa State University.
(319) 349-2629 View (319) 349-2629
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Robin Cook Kopelman
Psychiatrist, MD, MPH
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
North Liberty, IA 52317
Dr. Robin Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s and Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. She is passionate about working with women to streamline their care to address their unique preferences and life circumstances. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproductive hormone status, while offering broader services to all women across adulthood.
Dr. Robin Kopelman is board-certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology in Adult Psychiatry and is a leading expert in the state of Iowa in the fields of Women’s and Maternal/Perinatal Mental Health. She is passionate about working with women to streamline their care to address their unique preferences and life circumstances. Her expertise includes helping patients make informed decisions about medication use related to pregnancy, breastfeeding, and reproductive hormone status, while offering broader services to all women across adulthood.
(319) 209-9344 View (319) 209-9344
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Alexine Kejika Nansinla
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP , BC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Coralville, IA 52241
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
I provide medication management services to children (ages 6+), adolescents, and adults. I understand life can have many challenges, and working together, I will help you gain a deeper understanding of how these challenges are impacting your life, school, work and social life. I provide a non-judgmental and client centered approach. I view you as an individual and will individualize your care based on your needs. I respect and value your cultural and personal values and will incorporate them into your plan of care. I will meet you where your mental and behavioral health needs exist and together, we will identify a treatment plan.
(319) 343-5229 View (319) 343-5229
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Jeanne-Marie Fournier
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
North Liberty, IA 52317
NOW accepting new patients at Holistic Wellness & Psychiatry. Appointments are available within a week either in person or virtual. Jeanne-Marie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals aged 8 and older. No referrals are needed. She takes time to listen to her patients' concerns working towards overall goals. She uses a holistic approach incorporating trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion to treat the whole person with traditional medicine. Our office is located at 10 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Cedar Rapids Location Opening in April: 42 7th Ave SW, Ste 100 Mott Blvd.
NOW accepting new patients at Holistic Wellness & Psychiatry. Appointments are available within a week either in person or virtual. Jeanne-Marie is a board-certified Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner working with individuals aged 8 and older. No referrals are needed. She takes time to listen to her patients' concerns working towards overall goals. She uses a holistic approach incorporating trauma-informed care, empathy, and compassion to treat the whole person with traditional medicine. Our office is located at 10 W Cherry St, North Liberty. Cedar Rapids Location Opening in April: 42 7th Ave SW, Ste 100 Mott Blvd.
(319) 448-3805 View (319) 448-3805
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Cassy Lensing
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Waterloo, IA 50701
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing in 2021 and have worked as a provider in the Cedar Valley in a variety of settings including corrections, community behavioral health, and caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to obtaining my graduate degree, I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 8 years in correctional, inpatient mental health, outpatient, substance use/detox, and community-based treatment settings. I value my diverse work experience and believes that it assists me to meet individuals where they are at in life.
I am a board-certified mental health nurse practitioner. I graduated with my Master's of Science in Nursing in 2021 and have worked as a provider in the Cedar Valley in a variety of settings including corrections, community behavioral health, and caring for those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Prior to obtaining my graduate degree, I worked as a psychiatric nurse for 8 years in correctional, inpatient mental health, outpatient, substance use/detox, and community-based treatment settings. I value my diverse work experience and believes that it assists me to meet individuals where they are at in life.
(319) 253-2940 View (319) 253-2940
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Rosaline During
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, BC
Verified Verified
Cedar Rapids, IA 52402  (Online Only)
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
Accepting NEW Patients! We can usually get new patients in within a WEEK! We specialize in high quality telemedicine, personalized ADHD treatment, treatment for anxiety, PTSD, depression, OCD, and some substance abuse! We accept most insurances and have discount self pay options. We offer comprehensive assessments and customized treatment plans, we work hard to improve your quality of life.
(515) 800-4471 View (515) 800-4471
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Jennifer Nelsen
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Cedar Falls, IA 50613  (Online Only)
Jennifer is accepting NEW Patients 18+. Jennifer is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
Jennifer is accepting NEW Patients 18+. Jennifer is here to hold space during times of crisis. She wants to help you build a treatment plan with your goals in mind. She finds meaning in helping patients who are in times of struggle, as well as, those who are ready to move from feeling “good enough” to feeling truly like themselves again.
(319) 246-5254 View (319) 246-5254
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Margaret Butler
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52245
I enjoy working with people ages 6 and up who are coping with mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, and attention deficit disorder. I want to work with people to meet their goals of living their best life, in happiness health and safety. I like to work with people to develop individualized care plans and involve them in understanding the options they have to choose from when developing their care. I hope to establish a relationship based on mutual trust, and care with each of my clients.
I enjoy working with people ages 6 and up who are coping with mental health challenges including depression, anxiety, panic, trauma, and attention deficit disorder. I want to work with people to meet their goals of living their best life, in happiness health and safety. I like to work with people to develop individualized care plans and involve them in understanding the options they have to choose from when developing their care. I hope to establish a relationship based on mutual trust, and care with each of my clients.
(319) 220-5331 View (319) 220-5331
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Atlas Psychiatry
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, ARNP, PHMNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Marion, IA 52302
At Atlas Psychiatry we approach psychiatry differently. We guide Christians pursuing emotional freedom toward genuine change, not merely masking symptoms. We use a biblical and holistic approach that respects the mind’s innate potential to heal primarily by being "transformed by the renewing of the mind" Romans 12:2. We also specialize in integrative approaches such as psychotherapy, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle modification, as well as informed guidance for those seeking to safely withdraw from psychiatric medication. We seek to treat the whole person in one place for genuine change.
At Atlas Psychiatry we approach psychiatry differently. We guide Christians pursuing emotional freedom toward genuine change, not merely masking symptoms. We use a biblical and holistic approach that respects the mind’s innate potential to heal primarily by being "transformed by the renewing of the mind" Romans 12:2. We also specialize in integrative approaches such as psychotherapy, nutrition, supplements, lifestyle modification, as well as informed guidance for those seeking to safely withdraw from psychiatric medication. We seek to treat the whole person in one place for genuine change.
(319) 224-8593 View (319) 224-8593
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Maria Lynn Sonnack
Physician Assistant, MPAS, PA-C
Verified Verified
3 Endorsed
Davenport, IA 52807
I truly enjoy working with all psychiatric diagnoses, but I especially enjoy working with borderline personality disorder and facilitating STEPPS group for this group of patients. I also have a strong passion in treating child and adult ADHD. I firmly believe in psychiatric wellness and work with my patients from a “whole person” approach to not only treat their illness with medication, but also therapy, good nutrition and general health.
I truly enjoy working with all psychiatric diagnoses, but I especially enjoy working with borderline personality disorder and facilitating STEPPS group for this group of patients. I also have a strong passion in treating child and adult ADHD. I firmly believe in psychiatric wellness and work with my patients from a “whole person” approach to not only treat their illness with medication, but also therapy, good nutrition and general health.
(319) 595-4327 View (319) 595-4327
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Anna K Shudzeka
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP, -, BC
Verified Verified
4 Endorsed
Cedar Rapids, IA 52401
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), my goal is to support your well-being with compassionate and personalized care. I understand that everyone is unique, and I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. Using proven treatments, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes, I focus on your overall health. I am dedicated to professionalism, confidentiality, and ethical practice, helping you face mental health challenges. My aim is to empower you to regain control and look forward to a future filled with strength and hope.
As a board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioner (PMHNP-BC), my goal is to support your well-being with compassionate and personalized care. I understand that everyone is unique, and I tailor my approach to meet your specific needs and goals. Using proven treatments, including medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes, I focus on your overall health. I am dedicated to professionalism, confidentiality, and ethical practice, helping you face mental health challenges. My aim is to empower you to regain control and look forward to a future filled with strength and hope.
(319) 254-5550 View (319) 254-5550
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Angela Morris
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, PMHNP
Verified Verified
2 Endorsed
Anamosa, IA 52205
I am a board certified medication provider who specializes in the diagnosing and medication management of ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Gender Dysphoria, Trauma, Mood Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder), Autism, Schizophrenia and Behavioral Disorders. I help clients through the lifespan (3+) and have over a decade of experience in healthcare assisting individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
I am a board certified medication provider who specializes in the diagnosing and medication management of ADHD, Bipolar Disorder, Gender Dysphoria, Trauma, Mood Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Anxiety Disorders (OCD, PTSD, panic disorder), Autism, Schizophrenia and Behavioral Disorders. I help clients through the lifespan (3+) and have over a decade of experience in healthcare assisting individuals navigate their mental health in both hospital and clinic settings.
(319) 500-4283 View (319) 500-4283
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Hecen Healthcare
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, APRN, PMHNP
Verified Verified
Iowa City, IA 52240  (Online Only)
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation virtually. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
Looking for someone to talk to? Well, look no further! At Hecen Healthcare, we provide medication management, psychoeducation, and psychiatric evaluation virtually. Our focus areas include anxiety, depression, ADHD, sleep problems, bipolar, PTSD, psychosis, attention & focus, and panic disorder. We provide patient-driven care and treat our patients with respect, honesty, and dignity. We are passionate and caring about our services and your utmost well-being is the goal, ensuring a non-judgmental approach.
(319) 264-6892 View (319) 264-6892
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Veronica Holloway
Psychiatric Nurse Practitioner, MSN, ARNP, PMHNPBC
Verified Verified
1 Endorsed
Waterloo, IA 50703  (Online Only)
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
Accepting new patients! Taking the first steps towards improving your mental health can be intimidating. I sincerely want to help you in the journey to develop hope for the future, with renewed energy, strength and passion for life. I will be there helping and guiding you, to optimize your healing and health, with evidence based recommendations. Let's review your treatment goals and an action plan on how to achieve this. Please call to schedule your appointment 515-207-0110.
(319) 528-5111 View (319) 528-5111

How does your Psychiatrist compare?

Number of Psychiatrists in Farley, IA

< 10

Psychiatrists in Farley, IA who prioritize treating:

100% Depression
100% Anxiety
100% ADHD
100% Trauma and PTSD
100% Bipolar Disorder
100% Borderline Personality (BPD)
100% Peer Relationships

Top 3 insurances accepted

100% BlueCross and BlueShield
100% Cigna and Evernorth
100% Optum

How Psychiatrists in Farley, IA see their clients

100% Online Only

Gender breakdown

100% Female
FAQs - About Psychiatrists and Psychiatric Nurses

How can I find a psychiatrist in Farley?

The Psychology Today Directory enables you to search specifically for psychiatrists, using the drop down provider menu in the navigation bar, by city or zip code, or by the name of the psychiatrist. Search results provide detailed profiles of professionals, including their treatment approach and areas of expertise. In addition, listings provide important information about each psychiatrist’s credentials, fees, payment options, and insurance affiliations. Directory users can select psychiatrists who meet an array of personally-desired criteria, such as familiarity with a specific community or condition.

What is the difference between a psychiatrist and a psychologist?

Psychiatrists are medical specialists who focus on understanding, diagnosing, and treating diseases of the brain and disorders of the mind and behavior. As physicians, psychiatrists are trained to recognize the often-subtle biological causes of mental disorders and to monitor the effects of mental disturbances on physical conditions, such as heart disease. Psychologists are especially attuned to the influence of early experience on development and behavior, emotional and cognitive processes, the nature of personality, and social functioning. They are also trained to deploy an array of psychological tests—IQ tests, personality tests, behavioral assessments—to gauge a person’s functioning.

What is a psychiatric nurse practitioner?

A psychiatric nurse practitioner, also known as a mental health nurse practitioner, is a registered nurse who completes advanced training in psychiatric care, earning either a master’s or doctoral degree in psychiatric nursing, and in the U.S., passes a national certification exam. Like psychiatrists, psychiatric nurse practitioners are trained to assess, diagnose, and treat mental health conditions. In some locales, psychiatric nurse practitioners can offer the full range of psychiatric care, including prescribing and managing medication. In other places, they must work in collaboration with a physician.

Is everyone in the Psychology Today Therapy Directory a licensed psychiatrist?

The Psychology Today directory lists providers who offer legitimate mental health services to the public, including psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, and counselors. All psychiatrists listed in the directory have a valid license issued by the state(s) in which they practice and are certified by the American Board of Psychiatry and Neurology. Providers whose license or primary credential has been verified by Psychology Today are signified by a “Verified” symbol. Some individuals or organizations provide services for which their state or country does not offer licenses, such as pastoral counseling. They may be selectively included without the “Verified” seal.

Can a psychiatrist prescribe medication?

Psychiatrists are licensed medical doctors who are trained to recognize the many ways body processes affect the functioning of the brain and mind. As physicians, they can prescribe medication. Patients who are prescribed medications will typically need to continue to see a psychiatrist so that the effects of the medication can be monitored. For many psychiatric conditions, including common disorders such as anxiety and depression, the preferred treatment is combination therapy—medication accompanied by psychotherapy.

Do psychiatrists offer therapy?

Psychiatrists are generally trained in a number of treatment modalities, including psychotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and, increasingly, somatic therapies. Typically, psychiatrists make a diagnosis and determine a course of treatment based on chemical or biological factors, using lab tests, brain scans and physical and psychological evaluations. While psychotherapy may be used in the first session to aid in diagnosis, it is not typically utilized in subsequent visits. In fact, after the introductory session, most sessions with a psychiatrist may only be 15-20 minutes in length and are largely focused on medication management. Many psychiatrists who do not offer psychotherapy work collaboratively with psychologists and other mental health clinicians and can refer clients seeking talk therapy to those providers.

How do I know if I need a psychiatrist or a therapist?

It is not always easy to know which type of mental health practitioner to choose. Many people are unaware of the root of their mental or behavioral problem. One way many people learn which type of care is best for them is by seeing their primary care provider first. Depending on the nature and severity of the symptoms, the physician may review their medical history or perform medical tests to determine whether biological factors are involved before making a referral. It is not necessary for a person to know precisely what type of care they need in order to seek help. Many psychiatrists and psychologists refer clients to each other depending on client needs.

Do I need a referral to see a psychiatrist?

A referral to a psychiatrist is often not required. However, seeing your primary care physician first can be helpful and actually prove to be a shortcut to getting what you need. Your PCP may have a clear idea whether psychiatric help is needed and/or which kind of mental health care would be most beneficial and refer you to the right type of practitioner. For that reason alone, some psychiatrists require a referral. Further, many insurance plans require a referral from a PCP if they cover all of part of the cost of seeing a specialist; if, however, you are paying out of pocket, you may not need a referral. In any case, a referral may speed the process of securing an appointment with a psychiatrist, especially in areas where there is a shortage of mental health specialists and new patients face long waits for appointments.